Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: Paramount Airways will increase its daily operations to 20, launching twice daily services from Chennai to Bangalore and Hyderabad from April 19.

The airline will set up its maintenance base in the Chennai airport, with the Airports Authority of India providing 10,000 square metre area. Air links between Hyderabad and Kochi will also begin from the same date.

Addressing a news conference here on Wednesday, Managing Director M. Thiagarajan said the maintenance base, estimated to cost $40 million, would be in addition to the hangar the airline has at the Peelamedu airport in Coimbatore. "We are waiting for the clearance from the regulatory agencies, and once the process is through, the maintenance base will come up in the Chennai airport."